Explore the most popular wildlife trails near La Jolla with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
4 days ago

Short hike but well worth it for the views! There are some challenging spots so take your time on the trails. Will be doing this one again.

go during the week and early. There's way too many people here otherwise.

A lot of fun, for the whole family. I took my 5 kids (ages 12 to 20 months). Carried the little one but the others did fine. Challenging for sure, and safe if you are smart and do not rush or try and blow past people. There are slippery parts, and one part that gets pretty narrow. We left very dirty, but the kids really enjoyed it and felt challenged.

Breathtaking, but go early in the day to avoid the crowds!

walking
19 days ago

We live close to these tide pools! Absolutely beautiful!

However, this picture is of cabrillo national monument tide pool area that is off limits.

This picture is not of la jolla tide pool area.

hiking
29 days ago

I love this hike! challenging but fun. Beautiful from start to finish! I hiked the last half without shoes as it was very slippery but if you have good hiking shoes I'd reccomend wearing them. Stay safe.

hiking
1 month ago

I entered this trail through the top and parked in the neighborhood as opposed to the bottom. The entrance at the top can be very easily missed. I came here with a few friends and we're all moderately athletic and my friend brought her dog. I don't recommend this trail if your dog is not athletic. I was able to get through the trail ok but I wished I would've had better shoes as it can get slippery. You cross part of the trail on a plank and can be very intimidating. Another part of the trail you scale down on a rope, this is at the bottom of the trail, again I wish I would've had better shoes. Overall, this trail is amazing and you scale down through canyons and there's also a part of the trail where you can chill and it overlooks the entire beach. Do it!

I was surprised by this Trail. I had done Annie's Trail north in Carlsbad along the cliffs from the beach. That was nothing like this one. You have to start out going up a rope to pull yourself up to the trail. And we asked people coming down the trail were there places that dropped off 50 to a hundred feet? They said yes there were but the trail at that point was 2 or 3 ft wide... easily accessible. They lied!!! There were parts that were just maybe 6 inches wide... with a toe hold you got across. I can see where people get stranded and need to be rescued out of there. There was even at two-by-four to walk across a gully. I would suggest if you are afraid of heights or you are not in good shape... this is not one for you.

Pleasant, easy and enjoyable. Beautiful scenery! Get here early. Worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

Short trail to the beach. But very fun and pretty with the slot canyons

hiking
1 month ago

I love this trail for the sick slot canyon. There are a couple different branches to take, and one of them you’re squeezing through this gorgeous, striated slot. The colors are phenomenal, perfect for photography. The trail is for sure challenging and slippery. Recommend barefoot (for purchase on sand over stone) and all fours at some points. I usually see people stuck and struggling. Go slow and be prepared to fall.

Great views and a fairly short and easy trek

hiking
1 month ago

Nice and easy trail system.

hiking
1 month ago

First place I went after I made it into San Diego and it did not disappoint. Watched the mist clear and the sunrise into a beautiful sunny day. I'd recommend it to anyone. The seals were my absolute favorite part!

hiking
2 months ago

A slippery little trail. Gorgeous views all the way down, though!

A little sketch but it makes it fun!

Beautiful trail that leads to the beach, but please wear proper footwear. You can literally die here! It looks very simple, but it turns very slippery near the end.

beautiful. it's pretty short to get out to the cliffs and back, but you can combine a lot of different trails to get in 4 to 6 miles if you want

Very difficult and scary towards the end. Please only go if you’re experienced. My boyfriend and I had a moment where we thought we were going to fall to our deaths.

walking
2 months ago

so beautiful and peaceful

beutiful this place

Very short but very fun!

on Ho Chi Minh Trail

3 months ago

This is a pretty fun trail but can be tough if the sand is dry and slippery

hiking
3 months ago

There’s naked people on the beach when you make it down there! Lol, I didn’t know I was hiking to a nude beach. Mostly men of course....anyway.... yes it’s very challenging and yes the locals go barefoot and say it’s safer. Awesome sandstone washouts and a rope to get you down the last 50. Head north on the beach and take the stairs back up, then head south along the ridge to get back to the original starting point.

hiking
3 months ago

I looked for a trailhead from the top as I drove up not wanting to deal with all the traffic on the roads. I did see a trail down the steeper part of the hill but did not notice any other options. If I had this trek I would have spent some more time looking off the northeast side. I wanted to do a quick down-and-up, will investigate this further next time.

Parked in the lower lot not knowing there is a 2nd lot up top. No big deal but we were short on time having to catch a flight so would have preferred doing more on top then schlepping up the Park Road. All was good though as we took in the Scripps Overlook then went down to Razor Point vea the Butte. Traversed over to Yucca Point which was great too then returned via the West Overlook and the Park Road. I guess I wasn't thinking straight since we could have gone down the Beach Trail and returned via the beach in probably the same time. Oh well, will be back to this park at some point to finish things up!!

Arrived at 8:30 AM and paid our $15 at the ranger station. Watch out for walkers on the road up to the upper lot. For a weekend morning, there were only 2 other cars in the upper lot. The restrooms were out of order, so they have several portable toilets set up. The trails were moderately crowded when we started, and very crowded by the time we finished. Weather and views were beautiful. On our way back to the trail head we saw signs for rattlesnakes - luckily we did not see any. After our hike we visited the small nature center. Watch out for even more walkers on the road on the way down. Luckily we found a spot in the lower lot to use the flush toilets and explore the beach. There's also a picnic area with shaded tables.

Crossed paths with a rattlesnake on razor trail last week

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